THE INVICT

THE INVICT is a Dutch death metal band that I just recently got to know about. Check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
Teun: When I listen to our debut album ‘A Sun That Never Sets’ I hear that we have grown so much as a band since our EP ‘This Cracking Shelter’ was released. Our sound is much more professional and there’s a lot more dynamic going on in the songs. I find it easier to drift away in the variation of the songs.

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
Bas: Actually our bass player Jesse came up with the name The Invict back years ago. It comes from the latin word Invictus which means undefeated.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
Teun: Honestly it really feels as a priviledge to me and to us as a band. The fact that our fans and the crowd take some time out of their lives to listen to us is seriously awesome. We want to thank each and every one of you guys who support us!

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
Bas: We don’t think looks in metal should really matter that much, it should be about the music and that always comes first to us! I would like fans to get the impression that we are a band that work hard and just have a great time playing and creating music together.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
Bas: Very important! I personally have always been a huge fan of artwork on CD’s and vinyl. When the complete package looks cool I think people really appreciate that. I even bought CD’s when I was a kid based on the artwork haha.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
Bas: There’s definitely two sides to social media. You have the advantage of putting out music wherever and anywhere you want, it’s definitely made things easier to reach out to people. But because of that, platforms like instagram and facebook are just overcrowded with bands. It’s so hard to get noticed in a digital world where every minute another band pops up.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
Bas: We’re not a huge band or anything so I guess it doesn’t really feel like we are part of a massive community, but when we go out and play shows and meet other bands we definitely feel like being part of the local metal scene.
Teun: Being a part of The Invict is really important to me for I can make the music that I love and be passionate about. The four of us just really enjoy creating music together.

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
Teun: It’s definitely still the best scene in the whole music industry, in my opinion. The local metal community is one big family. Unfortunately the younger bands, the new breed of metalheads can be pretty arrogant in The Netherlands, but that’s just our experience.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
Bas: Actually, we teamed up with All Metal Agency and are discussing shows and hopefully get to play outside of Holland, since we never did! Before we got a booker it was really hard to get any shows at all, we managed to play some festivals and quite some local shows in bars and little venues. But things are finally going the right way. At the moment we have three bigger shows ahead of us, one club show and 2 bigger festivals which should be awesome! Hopefully we get to play outside of Holland soon as well!

What will the future bring?
Bas: More music and shows! We are super excited for people to hear our upcoming debut full-length ‘A Sun That Never Sets’, which will be released by Profane Records this year very soon. We have been working on this record for the last year so it feels great to finally put it out. Other than that, we keep writing and creating music!

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